Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
The project contributes to innovation, consolidation, and sustainability in the Food and Natural Ingredients and Tourism sectors. Building upon the objectives, achievements, and lessons learned during the previous phase, in Phase III (2021 – 2025) the project will tackle private sector recovery, development, and job creation with more emphasis on youth, women and minorities.
Through the Food and Natural Ingredients sector, PPSE facilitates the scaling of product development services usage, to influence innovation and product development. Facilitating further growth of the contract farming model for both medicinal aromatic plants and fruit and vegetables sub-sectors, the aim is to expand outreach and make this model sustainable. In terms of support services such as marketing, digitalization, and e-commerce PPSE facilitates models of affordable services tailored to the needs of sector SMEs.
Through the Tourism sector, PPSE facilitates capitalization of the established offer through private-public partnerships towards improved destination management, improved tourism product offer and reinstating the sector growth trends. This is achieved in close collaboration with private stakeholders via synergies between tourism businesses, agrobusinesses, souvenir producers, farmers, tourism product owners and guides. The goal is to build upon the adaptations that have emerged as a pandemic response, including re-focusing the tourism offer towards meeting the demands of the local, regional, and Diaspora tourists, to be achieved in cooperation with municipalities.
Through the cross-cutting themes of governance and gender equality and social inclusion, the project facilitates dialogue and advisory services for value chain actors, while exploring opportunities for engaging women and minorities, tailored to their needs.
PPSE collaborates and seeks synergies with the business sector, business organizations, central and local level public institutions, other donor agencies and projects.
SMEs in the FNI and tourism sectors operate in an improved market system and grow to generate more inclusive and decent work opportunities, then women and men in Kosovo enjoy better income. This happens because SMEs and farms invest in product development for quality and diversification of offer and expand their production. At the same time, SMEs use professional and sustainable business support services, coordinate better among all stakeholders and consolidate the relevant sector organizations, hence improving their market presence and increasing sales.
Project progress in Phase II, 2017 – 2021, results until the end of June 2021:
Expected PPSE III results, 2021 – 2025